Living in the land of sand ain't easy, especially when we are constantly being exposed to super sunny and humid climates for most of the year. For the ones with a naturally shiny slick complexion, it's actually not all bad. Aside from enlarged pores, blackheads, and being prone to breakouts, the truth is oily skin is great for aging! Because the sebaceous oils produced on your face creates a moisture barrier on your skin, it allows for increased hydration which actually slows down the development of early wrinkles and fine lines. So there's the silver lining! In the meantime, it's all about keeping this oil factory at bay by choosing the right products and following a dedicated skincare regime. We will look into ways to combat the t-zone shine through some simple beauty tips and tricks and will give you our holy grail Korean skincare products specifically made to control oily skin.
Washing your face properly in the a.m and p.m is the easiest way to set yourself up with a clean and fresh foundation in preparation for your following skin products. The double cleansingmethodis a cleansing technique created by Korean beauticians and has now been adopted throughout the western beauty world. In simple terms, you are cleansing your face twice. Firstly with an oil cleanser (since oil is attracted to oil) this will help in removing any oil based makeup, sweat and grime. This is then followed by a water based (foaming cleanser) which will work to draw out any excess sebum deep into your pores and pick up any remaining residue left from the initial cleanse. Depending on how oily your skin is first thing in the morning, it is not necessary to do the double cleansing method (your skin should be fine with just a foam cleanser in the a.m).
Check out our top picks oil-based cleansers for oily skin:
This cult favourite is perfect for those with oily / sensitive skin. It won't strip your skin of it's natural oils, works as a smooth sorbet texture to effectively remove stubborn makeup and impurity build up deep. Perfect for your first step cleansing method!
The Korean beauty gurus have fallen in love with Heimish's new All Clean Balm. This oil cleansing balm glides onto your skin removing even the toughest mascara! Super rich in natural botanical antioxidants, your skin will be left feeling supple and fresh without that stiff over drying feeling! Best part? Free of parabens & artificial scents so perfect for those with sensitive skin.
This gel cleanser makes the perfect morning wake up call for your face! With a low pH of 5, it leaves natural oils intact, while BHA, a mild chemical exfoliant, deep cleans pores and removes deep-seated dirt and debris. Its natural botanical ingredients like Tea Tree Leaf Oil soothes and treats breakouts. Use as second cleansing step in evening.
This facial cleanser begins as a rich cream, but transforms into a luxurious foam by lathering with water. It cuts through grime and pollution to leave skin soft and moisturized with conditioning botanical extracts. With a pH level that’s higher than the average cleanser, it’s better for normal to oily skin types, and not the best for dry.
One myth to bust: If the toner is giving you a tingling sensation on your face, it does not mean it's 'working deep into your pores', in actual fact it's a sign that your skin is irritated from the stringent ingredients which may lead to skin damage and exacerbate oil production.
An alcohol-free toner loaded with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients is an incredibly important step for oily skin. Try selecting toners that contain AHA and BHA to help skin renewal, minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores, and remove the last traces of makeup that can lead to clogged pores.
We absolutely love this all rounder toner! Packed with ultra beneficial ingredients such as aloe and salicylic acid, this toner hydrates and preps your skin to help with the absorption of skincare products in the next step in your routine. It will help soothe irritated and itchy skin, while smoothing your skin, removing dead skin cells and improving overall skin texture.
AHA and BHA exfoliants are the unsung heroes of the skincare world. Whether you want to fight the signs of aging, improve an uneven skin tone, reduce dullness, breakouts, or all of the above, these leave-on exfoliants go beyond what a scrub can do to reveal radiant skin that’s been in hiding. With natural AHA from 10% Pyrus Malus Apple Fruit Water, and BHAs from Willow Bark Water, this treatment toner is able to penetrate your pores to dissolve dead skin cells, excess sebum and debris, effectively sweeping them from your pores.
Tip: excessive exfoliation can actually lead to an increase of oil production, so to all oily skin types please tread lightly when it comes to a scrub. Oily skin tends to have a thicker pore lining which which blocks oil from getting to the skins surface, resulting in blackheads and white bumps. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and diminish clogged pores and bumps, while making skin feel smoother and less oily. The best exfoliating ingredient for oily skin is salicylic acid (BHA). Salicylic acid exfoliates not only the surface of your skin but also inside the pore lining, thus allowing oil to flow easily to the surface, so it doesn't get backed up and plug the pore.
Check out our top picks exfoliators for oily skin:
This gentle—yet effective—chemical exfoliant whisks away pore-clogging debris and dead skin cells, working against skin issues like active acne, closed comedones, dull skin, large pores, and fine lines to reveal a smooth and refined skin texture. Loaded with apple water and glycolic acid, this gentle exfoliant formula will give your skin a smoother, clearer complexion even on irritated sensitive skin!
These pre-soaked, organic cotton pads tone and exfoliate your face in one quick swipe. One side of the pad is smooth for toning and the other side is rougher to smooth and exfoliate. They’re formulated with Damask rose, tea tree, and calendula to lightly hydrate, restore pH balance while gently scrubbing away dead skin in one step!
There is a general misconception that by layering serums, moisturisers and SPF causes your skin to be oilier. This ain't true... The key to balancing oil production is layering your skin with specific serums and emulsions which will work to target your skin problems from the deeper layers with their specific active ingredients. This starts by targeting those pores with oil slaying masks and serums. Clay masks are great to use 1-2 times a week to really get deep into those pores and remove excess sebum, dirt and impurities minimising pores and making way to a smoother skin texture. Once the skin layer is smoother, the absorption of serums and moisturisers are alot more penetrable for the active ingredients to reach the deeper skin layers and work their magic.
Check out our top picks of masks & serums for oily skin:
Turn up your mask game with this amazing foam clay pore mask. This blend of glacial marine oil and colloidal clay from Canada instantly eliminates excess sebum, deep blackheads and pores, makeup and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin leaving skin feeling tingly clean and refreshed. Packed with over 40 mineral rich natural botanical ingredients it will leave your face feeling smooth, fresh and rejuvenated.
This serum gently helps to curb back sebum production and control oil without stripping the face dry. This serum is gently formulated with botanical and herbal ingredients—this unique formula seems to do wonders for those with oil issues. (This is one of our most popular serums as people with oily skin seem to swear by this one!)
Choose a feather light yet hydrating and skin-renewing gel moisturizer that is free of pore-clogging ingredients while giving your skin the essential antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients it needs. Skipping the moisturiser for oily skin is a huge no no as your skin will overcompensate on the oil production due to the dryness which will only exacerbate your slick face dilemma. Also make sure to choose a daily waterproof gel (matte texture) sunscreen as your final skincare step to protect your precious face from pigmentation and of course skin cancer.
Check out our top picks moisturisers and SPF for oily skin:
Adored by worldwide skincare enthusiasts, this cult favourite lotion has a gel texture at first and then turns into liquid upon application. Formulated with natural fermented bamboo extract and several botanical active ingredients, it provides a long lasting moisture barrier throughout the day. Amazingly quick absorption it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and shine free.
The Missha All-Around Safe Block Aqua Sun Gel in SPF30 PA++ offers extra sun protection to suit even people with sensitive irritated skin. It contains patent ingredients from seven kinds of oriental tea extracts that soothes and nourishes the skin. With a lotion like texture it is easily absorbed into the skin upon application and does not leave that ghostly white cast.
Absorb excess oil
Keep some handy oil blotting sheets in your makeup bag to whip out and use throughout the day. Designed to remove shine, dirt, oil, and perspiration from the skin while unclogging pores (before they turn into blackheads), they leave a clearer, matte complexion.
Oil free - matte makeup
Make sure you opt for an oil-free foundation if you wear makeup everyday. You want to go for a light-weight texture with a light to medium coverage that will mattify and keep that shine under control. Try not re-applying foundation throughout the day and instead use an oil-free mineral powder for any necessary touch ups.
Keep skin hydrated
Stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking 1.5-2 litres of water everyday will effectively moisten and hydrate the entire body, inside and out. Once the skin is properly hydrated, the oil glands will receive signals from the brain that excess oil is no longer needed, and will consequently slow down the oil production in the skin. This results in a normalization of skin oils and reduce clogged pores leading to break outs.